Club Minutes: Mutual Improvement Association, 1896-1900

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was not likewise cultivated, "one of the hardest lessons of life is that of preserving its balance" and those who are naturally energetic should foster the power of repose".

Pattie R. Stabler read "The dead-and-alive school of fiction" as follows:- "What would Dickens think could he come back to life and read some of the works of Messrs. Howells James, etc., where whole chapters are devoted to minute analysis of the heroines motive in wearing a blue dress instead of a black one, or a description of the amount of midnight oil burned by the hero as he ponders over the exact meaning when she remarked that she would be at home on the following afternoon? Never mind, dear shade of Dickens these heroines are as short lived as their descriptions are lengthy, and yours will live as long as the world can read English".

The Association was informed that a number of the friends of Jane Scofield, a former member had planned to write letters to her at San Antonio upon the occasion of her 70th birthday.

Margaret S. Hallowell read Mrs. Barbauld's ever beautiful "Life we've been long together", also an excellent scrap on the importance of teaching children accuracy of statement, the child who is allowed to fall into

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the habit of exaggeration will see everything as it is not.

A letter from a Baltimore woman to Mrs. Funck and Mary B. Thomas was read by the latter, the writer thought Cardinal Gibbons was inconsistent in his recent utterances against the womans cause. M. B. Thomas by request gave Susan B. Anthony's answer to the Cardinal's argument.

A number of contributions were promised to the proposed tea for the benefit of the Friends home in Baltimore.

The secretary gave from a Washington paper "No funeral junket this time" highly commending the widow of the late Mr. Chickering, M.C. from New York who had declined, graciously but decidedly to have her loss made the excuse for a trip on the part of some of her husband's colleagues at Government expense.

Adjourned to Brooke Place Mary Bentley Thomas Sec.

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